Dysplay was developed to help parents and children with Dyspraxia cope with the overwhelming stress, anxiety and frustration they regularly have to deal with as a direct result of their motor difficulties. Research has shown that children with Dyspraxia are consistently more anxious than children without, and that this continues into adulthood without appropriate intervention.
Dysplay employs the methods of peer socialization, therapeutic play and mindfulness to help combat stress for the child. Research generally highlights how social difficulties cause an array of difficulties for children with Dyspraxia, including anxiety, depressive symptoms and low self-esteem. Including children in social activities that suit their needs allows them the opportunity to thrive in a safe environment that is constantly accepting and non-judgemental. Elements of play therapy will be incorporated into this workshop, which allow the child to explore their environment, express their positive and negative emotions with different materials, and communicate to their peers through the medium of play. Mindfulness will also be incorporated through teaching children to become aware of their surroundings, eating techniques and interaction with others. This technique teaches us to pay specific attention to the present moment, in our body and in our mind. Too often we are fully distracted by tension from the past and worries about the future, which leads to increased levels of anxiety and frustration. The benefits of living in the moment include increased positive affect, better concentration levels, and decreased levels of fatigue. Children will be taught how to attune to the moment through simple body-work, focusing on the breath, and creative visualisation.
What is novel about the approach of this workshop is that psychologists Arlene and Lorraine will also be educating parents about the benefits of these approaches while the children are taking part in the activities in the next room! As such, while children enjoy the benefits, parents are understanding why and how they work and will be given information about how they can continue to incorporate these anxiety-reducing techniques at home. It is this dual-workshop approach that makes it more beneficial for children because what they learn can then be further implemented by parents at home. One or both parents are welcome to attend with no additional fee.
Activities for Children
Socialization Skills Workshop
Fine Motor Crafts
Gross Motor Music & Movement
Activities for Parents
Psychology of Dyspraxia
Therapeutic Benefits of Non-Directive Play
Therapeutic Benefits of Mindfulness
This workshop can be facilitated in ANY area near you based on a minimum of twelve children. So get in touch to book your group today!
150 euro per parent and child with Dyspraxia
10.00am – 3.00pm